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Waving the Flag for British Design & Production


“I’m a great believer in British manufacturing and the crafts and skills we have here.” Christopher Bailey

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Newsletter 18th May 2016

Dear all,

11 may meet the manufacturerAccording to the Office for National Statistics last year saw the first increase in employment in the fashion & textiles manufacturing sector for more than 35 years. Here at FashionCapital and sister company Fashion Enter orders are on the up and we are really looking forward to waving that  ‘Made in Britain’ flag at Meet the Manufacturer next week 25th & 26th May. We hope to see you at the M&S / BFC drinks reception or on our stand D2.

18 may sophie gloverWe Welcome Sophie Glover to Our Teaching Team

We are delighted to confirm that Sophie Glover (pictured right) will be joining our teaching team for six weeks commencing beginning of June. We have worked with Sophie for almost ten years and she was instrumental in ensuring the first Level 3 apprenticeships in garment technology were established. This is great news for the team.

In the Press

Susie Bubble popped by last week to see what we are all about and how Haringey is becoming known on the fashion production radar. We were also featured in this rather fabulous spread in the latest edition of Sew Magazine.

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Apprenticeships Available Apply Now

We have a selection of apprenticeships available from Digital Marketing to Production Assistant – to view and apply click here


18 may ms cppdCPPD Workshop With M&S

Our latest CPPD workshop was with buyer admin assistants and merchandising admin assistants from Marks & Spencer, and the feedback was incredibly positive:

‘Really inspirational and informative. I love learning how a factory works in an in-depth way. Jenny was fantastic! So engaging, I would recommend it to my team!’Amanda

‘I have learnt what you can do is whatever you decide to do in life! The training available looks fantastic. The opportunities are amazing. This course was inspirational. I learnt so much. Best course ever!’Lisa

18 may vetigraph learners5-Day Vetigraph Course A Great Success

I really enjoyed the course. I have learnt a lot about pattern making, grading, lay plans and costing on Vetigraph. I created my first ASOS.com pattern on Vetigraph yesterday, which was very exciting! I can’t wait to create more patterns on Vetigraph now.’ Lan

Clementine is an amazing teacher and the content of the course is intense and very informative – excellent course.’ Kerry

Watch this space for the next Vetigraph course at the Fashion Technology Academy! We offer one-day taster courses, three-days and intense five-day courses!

Contact education@fashion-enter.com for further information. 

23 march studio spacePerfect Patterns Now Recruiting for New Students

The FTA started running ‘Perfect Patterns’ in 2014 which was a Level 1 Award, it quickly became very popular and successful, this then lead to the Level 2 being launched. Both of the courses are 7-weeks long and are taught by industry experts based at the Factory, they cater for beginners who can then progress to higher qualifications, apprenticeships and job outcomes.

To find out more and apply for the next course contact:

education@fashion-enter.com or telephone 0208 809 3311.

Apprentices Learn From Industry

18 may level 3 learnersLast week the Level 3 apprentices visited global etailer ASOS.com’s headquarters as part of their extra curriculum enrichment activities.

The tour provided an overview of how each of the different areas of the business operate including the Ecommerce operation, sampling room right through to styling and promotion of the garments before they reach the consumer.

‘It was really interesting seeing a different working environment and all of the different job roles there.’ Jade

The Level 3 cohort also received a talk from Gütermann, the company chosen as the best sewing thread in the UK 2015. The learners were taught all about the different types of threads they sell to improve the quality of garments.

‘I have learnt the uses of different threads, importance of tension and cause / solutions for puckering. Very informative!’ Roxanne

Enrichment activities are a vital part of the learning process on the apprenticeship programme. Huge thank-you to both Asos.com and Gutterman.


TCBL Free Talk, Huddersfield

Tuesday 21st June from 9am

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TCBL aims to renew the European Textile & Clothing sector, exploring new ways to design, make, and work together. TCBL are inventing new business models to open up attractive markets.

The first TCBL Event invites you to find out how the textiles and clothing sector is responding to major change. The morning session – TCBL Talk – will look at new trends, consumer choices and customisation, the environment and new technologies and provide a range of provocative speakers offering new perspectives on these issues; the afternoon – TCBL Jam – will showcase ideas from all over Europe on how this might work in practice, developing new business models and collaborative ventures along the way.

To find out more and book your place click here.


ESOL Classes for Staff

We are pleased to support staff members with free ESOL classes:

18 may staff english course

Leyla Mehmet:

“The class is thoroughly enjoyable and is giving us the ability to improve our English reading and writing skills whilst working together as a team. I have been attending these weekly classes for around seven months now and have completed my Level 1 and Level 2 exams successfully, passing with flying colors. Its great to see how all the students who have attended these classes have drastically improved their English skills and are happy to be there.” 

Feride Eminova:

“I really enjoy these classes. In the short time that I have been attending, my English has drastically improved and has allowed me to begin to communicate with my work colleagues far more comfortably. It has definitely boosted my confidence and I thank Jenny and Fashion Enter for making this available to us as staff.”

Valentina Ivan:

A big thank-you. Upon my arrival at Fashion Enter, my English was very minimal and I found it difficult to understand what others were saying. How ever, now after attending these classes on a weekly basis for 8 months, my English is better than I ever thought it would be. I have been able to develop my speaking and understanding of the language as well as my reading and writing skills. Now I am always talking in English.”

Pioneering Women

Tonight our CEO Jenny Holloway will be attending Pioneering Women: Caring for a century and beyond. The event supports Combat Stress, the UK’s leading mental health charity for Veterans. Along with drinks and networking attendees will hear about the influential role women played in setting up the charity almost 100 years ago.

The Latest from the Fashion Studio

18 may fashion studio designerA regular at our in-house Fashion Studio is designer Siobhan Molloy. After graduating from the Manchester Metropolitan University with a B. A. Hons in Fashion, Siobhan worked in the design studio of Karen Millen before taking the plunge and starting her own contemporary label.

The label SIOBHAN MOLLOY was born in 2015 from a burning passion to design and manufacture her uncompromised vision of beautiful individual garments right here in the UK at price points designed not to intimidate.

With a keen eye for detail and quality, the label focus’s on clean aesthetic design, fluidity and an easy to wear elegance. The debut 12-piece collection fuses a sports luxe edge with feminine nuances.

“I believe passionately in making right here in the UK and showing the world what a huge skill base we have. Working with the Fashion Studio has been a fantastic and invaluable experience. It feels like a home from home now. Kasia, Rosie, Dominique and the team are very welcoming and attentive and their knowledge and skill is exceptional. They are waving the flag for British manufacturing and not only helping me, but many others to achieve their personal and business goals.”

With a new collection about to launch in June and an exciting year ahead, make sure you keep up to date with all Siobhan’s adventures by following her on social media.




Polite Reminder to Designers / Brands

Please can all designers that use our production facilities, in particular the Fashion Studio, ensure that they have picked up all their fabric and components. We are rapidly running out of space and no longer have the room! If you could arrange to pick up before the end of May we would be most grateful. Please contact rosie@fashion-enter.com

18 may fabric swatchFabric Swatch of the Week

An eye-catching, unique and abstract sunflower print with a fine texture. Perfect to stand out from the crowd with its vivid colours and pattern.

Composition: 96% Polyester 4% Elastane





bfc grad preview awards 2016This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk…

Hit Search share their 7 reasons why you should have a mobile-friendly ecommerce site! More than 1,200 key players from the fashion industry gathered in Copenhagen for the Fashion Summit, the word ‘transparency’ was on everyone’s lips. The annual BFC Graduate Preview Day saw industry professionals award emerging talent from the UK’s top fashion colleges marking the start of graduate season.

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Boutique Pick of the Week

The Lee jumpsuit by Nancy Dee is made for the balmy nights of summer still ahead of us. Whether you choose classic black or a statement print, this jumpsuit is perfect for summer lounging to nights out dancing, just add your favourite accessories from belts to bling and you’re all set! Made from 95% bamboo / 5% elastane, Nancy Dee is designed and made in Britain by sisters Seraphina and Tamsin Davis.

Nancy Dee Lee Jumpsuit £69


Finally we would like to wish May our Supervisor a speedy recovery. 

Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk



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